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Old 10-17-2013, 08:27 PM
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Ferris IS2000 52" cutting problems?

Just picked up my first REAL mower, a Ferris IS2000. Love the ride and the handling, but the cut is giving me fits. Keep UN mind, I'm not in an area where people spend money on their lawn, so I'm mowing half crabgrass usually. Since I've had it, I haven't been satisfied with the cut. It seems to leave rooster tails between the blades, especially with crabgrass. I know crabgrass doesn't cut the best, but it's abnormally bad. The deck is level. I tried tilting forward a little and it didn't make a difference that I could tell, so I put it back . Any ideas? And what should the height difference be between front an back of blades if I do tilt it? I tried 1/8". Also, I put on some G5 gator blades, and haven't noticed a difference either way. I need some help with this, it's killing me that i dropped this much money to have a worse cut than my Bushhog zt
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:01 PM
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Take the stripe kit off.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:05 PM
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Not the first time I've heard a ferris cut complaint
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:47 PM
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What year is it? ICD deck or OLD deck
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:30 AM
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What year is it? ICD deck or OLD deck
It's a 2012 ICD deck. I like the striping kit idea, if i remember right there are breaks in the rubber flaps in those 2/3 areas, which could possibly play havoc with the suction behind the blade/after the cut. Especially in knotted old crabgrass
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:25 AM
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Just picked up my first REAL mower, a Ferris IS2000. Love the ride and the handling, but the cut is giving me fits. Keep UN mind, I'm not in an area where people spend money on their lawn, so I'm mowing half crabgrass usually. Since I've had it, I haven't been satisfied with the cut. It seems to leave rooster tails between the blades, especially with crabgrass. I know crabgrass doesn't cut the best, but it's abnormally bad. The deck is level. I tried tilting forward a little and it didn't make a difference that I could tell, so I put it back . Any ideas? And what should the height difference be between front an back of blades if I do tilt it? I tried 1/8". Also, I put on some G5 gator blades, and haven't noticed a difference either way. I need some help with this, it's killing me that i dropped this much money to have a worse cut than my Bushhog zt
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The first thing I'd do would be to try about 1/2" rake on the deck (lower in front of course). It's likely that when you get on the mower (your weight being more on the rear wheels than the front) negates the 1/8" rake you set the deck at. First thing of course is to set all 4 of your tires at the proper inflation (I like 7-10 for a much softer ride) and then go from there.

I even load my seat with different things to achieve my weight before setting the deck, but as I said you can just set it a little lower in front than what you want so that it will be right when you sit on it. This is a little overboard to some but I feel like if I'm going to take the time to set a deck I want it to be right.

I can't say that this will make a difference but it's the first thing I'd try.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:27 AM
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:21 AM
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Just picked up my first REAL mower, a Ferris IS2000. Love the ride and the handling, but the cut is giving me fits. Keep UN mind, I'm not in an area where people spend money on their lawn, so I'm mowing half crabgrass usually. Since I've had it, I haven't been satisfied with the cut. It seems to leave rooster tails between the blades, especially with crabgrass. I know crabgrass doesn't cut the best, but it's abnormally bad. The deck is level. I tried tilting forward a little and it didn't make a difference that I could tell, so I put it back . Any ideas? And what should the height difference be between front an back of blades if I do tilt it? I tried 1/8". Also, I put on some G5 gator blades, and haven't noticed a difference either way. I need some help with this, it's killing me that i dropped this much money to have a worse cut than my Bushhog zt
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If you bought it from a dealer take it back and let him adjust it then test it out on the spot. If you bought it from a private party then pay attention to the advise given on this site.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:37 PM
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I hahve owned three icd decks all have had issues with crab grass and course fescue. Take the stripe kit off an fella problem solved. Next issue will be a air vortex between first and second blade. That is why the rubber strip is there to cover it up.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:16 AM
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Try lowering the back of the deck 1/4'' instead of the front. I've tried it with bahaia grass here in texas and it did the trick for the Ferris mowers I've sold
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